Noriko Yakushiji was born in Tokyo. She learned violin from an early age, and started taking singing lessons while in school.
After graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts, she studied in Belgium with a grant from the Belgian government. Under the tutelage of Marianne Pousseur, she finished the Master's program of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with a scholarship from the Nomura Foundation.
She was a laureate of the Concours des Nouveaux Talents de l'Art Lyrique in Ans, finalist of the Bel Arte International Vocal Competition, and obtainedot the 3rd prize in the Contemporary Music Competition “Kyogaku XIII” in Tokyo.
Her opera roles include the lead role in Ravel's "L'enfant et les sortilèges" at the Royal Opera of Liège, Virtu in Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea” at the John Mackintosh art center, Alto in Matsudaira’s “The provocators” (World premiere) at the Instituto di Cultura in Tokyo, Zerbinetta in Strauss’s “Ariadne auf Naxos” in Epta Zaal, Phaedrus in Satie’s “Socrates” in Sogakudou, and also performed at the Japanese premiere of “Rara film” (Japanese premiere) by Sylvano Busotti in Kouen do-ri, among several other concerts around Europe and Japan.
Her main interests lies in contemporary music. She performed in such festivals as the Belgian contemporary music festival Ars Musica (Belgium) and the Silga international contemporary music festival in Spain.
She has premiered works by Claude Ledoux, Nicolas Bacri, Hidehiko Hinohara, Yoriaki Matsudaira, Ittetsu Shimizu, Koji Takahashi, Muneaki Tsuda, among other composers.
Her performance of “The Music of Furniture” by Yuki Nakahashi was aired on NHK-FM in 2019.
This spring, she will perform Romitelli’s “An index of Metals” at the Miry concert hall under the direction of Georges-Elie Octors.
Her first CD “Mnemosyne” is an anthology of vocalise works of the 20th and 21st centuries, distributed by the label Sheva Collection.